9.2 Excellent
     
Carthage, Tennessee

Defeated Creek Park COE

Carthage, Tennessee



Carthage, Tennessee
Phone: (615) 774-3141

Sites: 155
Recent Rate: $24 4/2016

Latitude: 36.302441907684
Longitude: -85.909030437469

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina yes
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball yes
  • Sports Field Sports Field yes
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

40 Reviews

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Easily the nicest COE campground we have stayed at! Gorgeous, super well maintained grounds, beautiful lake, scenic area, and very reasonably priced. Sites 40 through about 65 on the lake side are the prime water front sites with full hookups and 50 amp. Site 53 the best site if you can get it since you'll have a very large side yard. Other sites on that row are pretty close together, but the lots are staggered, so you do have an unobstructed view of the lake from your outdoor sitting area. We were lucky as there was a cancelation and were able to move from an inside site to 48 for a week and loved it. If you don't need sewer and/or want a pull through lake side site, you can't get better than 77 were we also spent a week. Huge yard, no visible neighbors and on the water....darn near perfect. Now, the downside...there is rock shore, so while dogs are allowed to swim in the lake, no place to do it (there is a beach area for people). Also, wood ticks are thick! Always picking ticks off humans and dogs. The campground does fill up on the weekends and there are tons of kids and little yapping dogs, so not very relaxing, but during the week, quiet and peaceful. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Motorhome.

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Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
48 and 77
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Super nice (moderate to strenuous) dog friendly hiking trail head in the park. A bit over an hour to the Nashville area.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Defeated Creek CG & Marina is wonderful for boating, fishing, and down home friendliness. The park hosts are most helpful and friendly folks who check on whatever your needs may be. Easy reservations made on line, six months ahead only. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Campsite
     
Site Number
Hone 42
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Corp of Engineers park for water sports, fishing, boating. Closest market just outside of park entrance. Shopping in Carthage, TN

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

What a beautiful park! The deer were everywhere. It was a rainy weekend but still so peaceful and quiet. Lots of playgrounds for little ones, a basketball court for bigger ones. Most sites are just perfect. On ours we had to back-in and not sure we could've done it without 4wheel drive. Our bumper on the camper did hit and drag. We have already booked our next trip back. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
29
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

There is a marina just outside the campground. They rent out cabins, boats and kayaks. There is also a cute little restaurant by it. I will be trying out the hot fudge cake next time!

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Large campground with many facilities. Most sites are well spaced out, however the full hookup sites along the lake seem a little close together. The other, W/E sites are spaced further apart. There are as many sites on the lakefront as there are interior sites. The layout of the campground is typical for COE except for several large open areas between loops and clusters of campers. The CG is wooded, except the trees are more sparse than usual, and almost all trees are hardwoods... reminds me of a "day-use" area, except with camp sites.

Good dump station, except there is no flush water line for connection to a black water flush inlet.

Verizon coverage is about 3/5 bars in most of the campground. There is a great hiking trail that originates in the campground and runs to an overlook several Iles away. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Site Details

Site Number
14
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Drive, or hike, to the overlook on why 263.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

Just acknowledging all the previous reviews. A beautiful park. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Motorhome.

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Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
71
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

Only stayed one night, but loved the site right next to water. Level site with water and electric adequate. Loooong way to get to off interstate.Would be a great long weekend place for fishing and getting away. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Travel Trailer.

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Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
027
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 182
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 27

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is a gem! It's well maintained with plenty to do for a quiet destination getaway. All but a handful of paved handicapped sites are gravel and ultra long. Some are W/E only. Interior roads are paved and back-ins are easy. You can see site availability and pick your site from the recreation.gov web page. Locals advise that the best sites are reserved well in advance. Most sites are level enough but some are on a hillside with a lot of front to back slope. I would avoid sites 117 thru 121, 123, 125, & 126 due to site slope. I would avoid sites 132 thru 139 as that area is swampy when it rains. Lastly, avoid 115 due to persistent smell from the dump station. Campground is a fisher's paradise. Folks could pull their boats right up to their campsite in some areas. Playgrounds for the kids, walking & biking trails, and a couple of sandy beaches round out the activities. Satellite access is iffy with the trees. AT&T had NO service but Verizon was very strong. Definitely follow the campground directions (Hwy 25 to 80 to 85) as the shortcut over Turkey Creek Rd (263) is NOT for RVs. Watch for deer as we saw herds of 30+ near the entrance. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
48
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

We've stayed in this campground several times since getting our rig and love the overall area. It is kept clean and well maintained (including the beach area) with the rules given to each camper Followed to your site if you need help. The camp hosts are most friendly and visible. This campground is best used by fishermen, boaters, and canoe users alike because it is located on a peninsula. Wildlife abounds. A wonderful place to relax and unwind. The camp managers are generous and lovely people. We will definitely return. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful campground with many sites overlooking the water. Some have sewer hookups, but many do not. Sites are spacious and well-maintained. I would have given a score of 10 except for 2 things. We stayed on the first loop, which has a bath house that is closed except on 3-day weekends. The loop was very full the weekend I was there, but since it was not a 3-day holiday weekend, the bath house was closed and we had to walk 5 minutes to the nearest open bath house. With the campground full, we sometimes had to wait for an available shower and sometimes there was no hot water. The other criticism is that there is only one dump station for this large campground & there was a long line at check-out time. There needs to be at least one additional dump station. Except for those 2 issues, this is an exceptionally beautiful campground with great facilities and views. We saw numerous deer grazing just outside the campsites and roaming around at night. Many people were fishing from the bank and catching good-sized fish. The location is great for kayaking and canoeing. I would stay there again, but hope to get a site more convenient to a bath house that is open. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 129
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

This COE park comes close to perfection. Sites are well arranged and most have some shade. Utilities are located properly and function well. Many sites have 50 amp and sewer connection. Water pressure was great. There are two beaches, boat ramp, and a marina and cafe adjacent to the entrance. We were amazed to see more than a dozen deer grazing near the road we were walking. A deduction in rating was made because the shower facilities are old and not immaculate, although acceptable. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great Corp Park. Very well maintained. Many water front sites. We stayed in site 21 which is a pull thru right on the water. This is our second time to stay here and we will stay again when in the Nashville area. Its about an hour drive to the city. Perfect for us. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Have camped at many COE campgrounds in the middle Tennessee area. Defeated Creek Park is one of the nicest. Many of the sites are full hook-up. Bathrooms and grounds are very well maintained. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a fantastic Corps of Engineer park. It's well kept with beautiful views surrounded by Cordell Hull lake. Regular rates range from $15 to $25 depending on whether you choose an interior site or one next to the lake. Not all sites have sewer. Those that do charge $1 more. They honor the federal Senior Pass that offers camping at half off. If you have a lakeside site, you can pull your boat up to the shore, right by your camper. The views are just phenomenal. Being a fed park, there is no cable or Wi-Fi. Over the air TV signal is good and Verizon data service works satisfactorily. Good campground Wi-Fi would make this a 10+ rating. This is not a "stop over" site, it's a vacation destination. Do not follow GPS directions to get to the campground. Instead, take 80 and 85 out of Carthage to the campground. GPSs want to take you down some really narrow mountain roads. Great place for families. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of the nicest parks we have stayed in. Many lakefront sites with plenty of room. Cordell Hull is a pretty lake. We will stay here again. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Excellent COE Campground on a beautiful lake. People were friendly, sites were level and spacious. Marina close by. Deer everywhere in the evening. Off the beaten path and very quiet. Bought tomatoes and cabbage at a farm close by that were great. Even without cable or Wi-Fi, it is still a 10. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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